Governors Current Affairs

President appoints Governors of seven states

President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Governors of seven states including Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and Tripura by exercising his authority under Article 156. The appointments will be effective from the dates the incumbents take charge of their respective offices.

New Governors

Satya Pal Malik: He is former Governor of Bihar who was transferred to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). It makes hi,  first careered politician to be appointed as  Governor of  J&K in 51 years. He succeeds N Vohra, who has been serving this post since 2008.

Lal Ji Tandon: He was has been appointed as new Governor of Bihar. He was MLA in Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council for two terms (1978-84). He was elected MLA from Lucknow West for three terms from 1996 to 2009. He was close confidant of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Ganga Prasad: He was appointed as the new Governor of Sikkim. He is former Governor of Meghalaya.  He was member of Bihar legislative council for 18 years. He is former leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly. He was businessman by profession, and had started his political career as Jan Sangh member in 1967.

Tathagata Roy: He was transferred as new Governor of Meghalaya. He was earlier the Governor of Tripura.  He was BJP’s West Bengal unit President from 2002 to 2006. He had started his political career in 1990. He was part of Calcutta Metro railway project and had designed Calcutta Metro.

Kaptan Singh Solanki: He was appointed as new Governor of Tripura. Prior to this, he was Governor of Haryana. He is former Rajya Sabha member and was appointed as the Governor of Haryana in 2014. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in August 2009.

Satyadev Narayan Arya: He was appointed as the new Governor of Haryana. He is prominent Dalit leader from Nalanda, Arya. He was eight-term MLA from Bihar. He was cabinet minister in 2010 BJP-JDU Government in state.

Baby Rani Maurya: She has been made the new Governor of Uttarakhand. She is former Agra mayor and ex-member of National Commission for Women (NCW). She was BJP leader from Agra.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state. 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated appointment of the same person as governor for two or more states.

Article 156: It says that Governor is appointed by President of India for a term of five years (But  Governor usually holds office during pleasure of President.

 

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Anandiben Patel takes additional charge as Chattisgarh Governor

President Ram Nath Kovind has given Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel additional charge of Chhattisgarh. She will discharge additional duties until the regular arrangements for the office of governor of Chhattisgarh are made. She was given additional charge following death of Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon (in office from 25 July 2014 to 14 August 2018 till his death after suffering heart attack).

Balramji Dass Tandon

He was born on 1 November 1927 in Amritsar, Punjab. He was one of the founding members of BJP’s parent organisation Jan Sangh. He had fought his first election in 1953 and was elected municipal councillor in Amritsar. He won his first Assembly seat from Amritsar in 1957 and went on to represent that Vidhan Sabha constituency five times (1960,1962,1967,1969 and 1977) and later from Rajpura in 1997. He was imprisoned in 1975 during National Emergency for 19 months. He also had served as deputy chief minister of Punjab in the Justice (retd) Gurnam Singh Akali Dal-Jan Sangh Government. He was appointed as sixth Governor of Chhattisgarh in July 2014.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state. 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated appointment of the same person as governor for two or more states.

Article 156: It says that Governor is appointed by President and hold office during pleasure of President.

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